SFC-SFD to make life bearable for Sun bears

KUCHING: The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) is working together with the Sarawak Forest Department (SFD) to look into the plight of Sun bears kept at Miri Crocodile Farm (MCF).

The well-being of the Sun bears came to the attention of SFC after concerns were raised on its hostile living environment by the Friends of the Orangutans (Foto) Malaysia and Malaysian Friends of the Animals (MFOTA).

“We are currently working with SFD to look further into the matter. Officers have been dispatched to conduct investigations at the farm with the view of taking remedial actions for the conditions of MCF,” said an SFC spokesperson who pointed out that a comprehensive report will be submitted to the Controller of Wild Life for further actions.

The spokesperson also noted that over the years, the Controller of Wild Life had issued custodial licenses for MCF to keep some Protected and Totally Protected animal species for reasons that relevant government agencies such as SFD and SFC have limited facilities to house these wild life species which were mostly surrendered by the public.

“It was decided then for MCF to house and take care of them under the conditions of the licence under the Wildlife Protection Ordinance, 1998.”

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Source: http://miri.my/2016/07/04/sfc-sfd-to-make-life-bearable-for-sun-bears/